The year of Country Walks ended with two iconic walks. On 24 May, there were 28 who took a coach to the Seven Sisters on the coast. The white chalk cliffs were stunning! We all felt a sense of accomplishment after climbing all of those hills. The final walk, on 2 June was The Long Walk to Windsor. It was a blustery morning but we were rewarded with the changing of the guard. Thanks to all those who attended throughout the 10 walks, a wonderful group of women!
Over 100 ladies attended our last General Meeting of the AWBS year. Meghan and Harry were there too and many of us took advantage to get a photo with them taken by our very own official Royal Photographer Jo Robbens.
I have no idea why I'm writing this (no-one else wanted to!): I didn't take notes so forgive me if I've left anything out!
After a good time spent browsing and shopping with our Best of Britain vendors and chatting to friends old and new, we were asked nicely if we would sit down and attend the formal part of the meeting:
What a lovely spring day welcomed us back from the Easter break!
Whether you stayed home or travelled during the break, we are now into the last part of the year and starting to think ahead to our summer break. For some of us this means a final effort in our jobs, for others it is in supporting our children in their exam season: a glass or two will help with the stress (for you, not them!) but for all it is with an eye for the time to regenerate in the Summer.
Marking International Women’s Day, this month’s guest speaker was Peter Barratt, great grandson of a British Suffragette. He told members about his incredible ancestor, with stories of her background, her activities and her frequent incarcerations. Peter brought along various memorabilia, including postcards, press cuttings and her prison diaries.
Born in 1863, Alice Hawkins lived most of her life in Leicester. From a working class background, Alice left school at thirteen to spend her working life as a shoe machinist, in the ‘boot and shoes’.
Apparently, Mr Spock never said "It's life Jim, but not as we know it".
Our guest speaker at our February General Meeting was journalist, private investigator and story teller extraordinaire, Anne Sebba.
She unravelled a tale that showed Wallis Simpson was not the wicked woman we are all supposed to hate.
We began the New Year with an amazing General Meeting! It was fun to see old friends and make new ones while we shopped at our lovely Best of Britain vendors.
Members really enjoyed the meeting at Ascot Race Course -- it was a bright and spacious venue.
Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday 16th Feb which will be the start of the year of the Dog.
AWBS will be celebrating Chinese New Year during Feb General Meeting.
We'll also be having a Chinese dumpling making class on 27th Feb if anyone's interested in making jiao the / Chinese dumplings.
The class will be £15 per person. Please sign up for the class at January General Meeting.
Happy 2018 from everyone here at the AWBS!
Each New Year brings with it the idea of new beginnings and, accordingly, resolutions to be made (and broken). With the New Year, memories of holiday parties, vacations, champagne corks popping and fireworks give way to the reality of our daily lives.
The Quiz Night on February 3rd will support YourSanctuary. Tickets are £40 per person and this includes a 3 course pub dinner and quiz competition hosted by our very own Jenny Spaeth and her husband, Jeff.
The Christmas lunch at Coworth Park was a wonderful and magical afternoon. AWBS members all enjoyed celebrating the holiday season with delicious food, great company and much laughter and conversation.
The setting was perfect for the festive season: beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and flowers set the stage for a delicious three course tasting menu and wine. The event was perfect in every way!